Do you have to use the GMC questionnaire only for patient and colleague feedback as part of your doctor appraisal?

This Blog clears the myth that you have to use the GMC questionnaire only for patient and colleague feedback as part of your doctor appraisal. From: RCGP-Revalidation-Mythbusters-2016.pdf The GMC questionnaires provide the template on which many appropriate patient and colleague feedback tools are now based. There is no GMC requirement to use the GMC questionnaires. They…

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Do you have to do at least one clinical audit in the five year cycle for your medical appraisal?

This Blog clears the myth that you have to do at least one clinical audit in the five year cycle for your medical appraisal. From: RCGP-Revalidation-Mythbusters-2016.pdf Clinical audit is not a revalidation requirement – although it can form part of quality improvement activities or a quality improvement project. For the purposes of revalidation, the GMC requires…

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Do I have to do 50 credits of CPD every year?

This Blog clears the myth that you have to do 50 credits of CPD every year for your medical appraisal. From: RCGP-Revalidation-Mythbusters-2016.pdf   The emphasis for CPD is on the quality of reflection on what has been learned and the impact on quality of care, not quantity of credits documented. In fact, it is impossible to…

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CPD activities as relevant to a doctor appraisal

This Blog explains a bit about CPD activities as relevant to a doctor appraisal. From: RCGP-Revalidation-Mythbusters-2016.pdf CPD activities should be very broadly defined and include personal, opportunistic and experiential learning as well as activities targeted at identifying ’unknown unknowns’. Any learning activity where you spend time learning something relevant to your current, or proposed, scope of…

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Can supporting information from work overseas be included in the appraisal portfolio?

This Blog explains if supporting information from work overseas can be included in the appraisal portfolio of doctors. From: RCGP-Revalidation-Mythbusters-2016.pdf The GMC Protocol for responsible officers (ROs) making revalidation recommendations states at 2.3.2: ’Doctors may practise in settings where they do not require a UK licence – for instance, they may work abroad, or they may…

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Reflection in a doctor’s appraisal

This Blog explains the meaning and importance of reflection in a doctor’s appraisal From: RCGP-Revalidation-Mythbusters-2016.pdf Reflection is a professional habit that all doctors should have. No-one would want to be treated by doctors who never considered how effective their care was or whether it could be any better. We all reflect on what we do. Reflection…

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Do doctors have to use a portfolio defined by the responsible officer to revalidate?

This Blog clears the commonly held misconception that doctors have to use a portfolio defined by the responsible officer to revalidate. From: RCGP-Revalidation-Mythbusters-2016.pdf The format of the portfolio of supporting information is not prescribed by the GMC, so having an electronic portfolio is not a requirement for revalidation. The RCGP recommends that your portfolio of supporting…

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Will the appraiser decide about my revalidation recommendation?

This Blog clears the commonly held misconception that appraisers decide the revalidation recommendation for doctors. From: RCGP-Revalidation-Mythbusters-2016.pdf Appraisers do not have the authority to make a decision about your revalidation recommendation. Their role is to facilitate your reflection, support and stimulate your development and help you present an appropriate portfolio of supporting information for your responsible…

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Key messages as regards appraisals and revalidation for medical doctors in the UK

This Blog summarises the key messages as regards appraisals and revalidation for medical doctors in the UK. From: RCGP-Revalidation-Mythbusters-2016.pdf The GMC provides the definitive guidance about the requirements for revalidation. If you meet the GMC requirements that will be sufficient for successful revalidation. Your role in revalidation is to demonstrate that you are up-to-date and fit…

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Is a doctors appraisal a pass or fail event?

This Blog explains whether a doctors appraisal a pass or fail event? From: RCGP-Revalidation-Mythbusters-2016.pdf A medical appraisal is certainly not a pass or fail event! Appraisal is, or should be, part of a formative and developmental process (see glossary). It provides an annual chance to reflect with the help of a trained appraiser, in protected time. Beyond…

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